Kathy Pratt , Ph.D.
, director of the Indiana Center for Autism
, stated that 1 in 400 children in Indiana were autistic.With 500 , 000 cases reported in the U.S. , Dr. Pratt
stated that autism is now more common than Down's syndrome.Dr. Pratt points out that autism presently may disqualify a person for medical coverage for other , unrelated conditions.